Piano for Busy People is for all of you who would love to play the piano but think that you don’t have time. For those of you in stressful jobs, with young children, with family commitments, with too many jobs to do – and a whole array of different reasons why you can’t follow your dream and start learning to play the piano!
You don’t need to wait any longer. This course has been designed with you in mind and is created to fully replicate face-to-face lessons.
You need no prior knowledge of music or piano, as this course is designed for the complete beginner. You will be playing with both hands in the very first lesson and reading music in the second lesson.
Piano for Busy People is broken down into ‘bite size pieces’, you can dip in and out of at your convenience.
There is no need to spend half an hour every day, sat at your piano. You can and will achieve great results with just a few minutes a day.
There are a range of downloadable PDF’s to enhance and support your learning. These include:
· Sheet Music – a selection of both well-known pieces and pieces that are unique to this method
· Fact Sheets – a range of fact sheets, detailing important aspects of your learning
· Practice Diary – these sheets are a great way to track your progress. Top tips are given for effective use of your time so as to achieve the best results in the shortest time.
Piano for Busy People is for you and I hope that you find it a relaxing and motivating part of your very busy day.
Thank you for taking a look at this course. I hope that you find it interesting!
Here you will find your Practice Diary Sheets, that you can download and print, to see your progress.
A great motivational resource!
I'm so pleased that you're taking the first steps to playing the piano or keyboard. This course is designed to fully replicate face-to-face lessons, so giving you the best possible learning environment.
Follow each lecture through and replay as many times as you wish.
There will be an introduction from me at the start of each section, and then each in each following lecture you will see my hands at the piano.
Please download the PDF sheet music, ready for your lesson, as well as any information sheets as these will enhance your learning.
Here you will also find Practice Diary Sheets. Fill these in, if you wish, as they are a great motivational resource, as you can structure your practice sessions, and look back to see how far you've progressed!
I do hope that you enjoy the course, and don't forget to let me know how you're getting on!
In this section, you will get to know more about your piano or keyboard.
I will show you how to 'play around' with the keys so that you become more familiar with your instrument.
Take a look at the PDF below to help think about the keys of the piano.
This lecture shows the black and white keys being played on the piano. It has very similar content to the previous lecture, so choose one or the other and then move on to the next lecture.
Making up your own music is known as improvising. By choosing the black keys to start exploring improvisation, you can be sure that all the notes will 'match' so you shouldn't get too many clashing sounds!
In music, we use the first 7 letters of the alphabet to name our notes - A B C D E F G.
In this lecture you will find out where each note is positioned on your piano or keyboard.
The pedals are used to enhance our playing and by using the pedal on the right hand side - the sustaining pedal - we can add a lovely smooth effect to our playing.
The word 'practice' can sometimes fill us with dread! I like to use the word 'play' as we play the piano to enjoy it!
Power Practice is all about making the best use of your time. and making your practice or play time the most effective it can be.
See how well you know your piano, by answering these questions!
Your hands are obviously so important in playing the piano or keyboard, and in this section you will find out about finger numbers and how to develop the correct hand position.
Your hand position is very important. Check that you're in the right position
All our music is written on the Stave of Staff, which consist of 5 lines and 4 spaces. Our notes are positioned on these lines and spaces and tell us what key to play on our piano.
Take a look at this section to find out how to read the music with confidence.
Our music is divided up into bars or measures. Find out more about how this affects your playing in this section
A rhythm is made up of a combination of notes of different length. A beat stays consistent.
In this section, you will learn to recognize and play notes of different lengths and combine them within your pieces
Take a look at how each note is positioned on the lines and spaces of the stave or staff.
Test your knowledge of reading music with this quick quiz.
Top Tips on how to practice and include 'practice bubbles' in your 'Power Practice'
A chord is made up of two or more notes played together. Some chords sound great - others not so great!
Take a look at this section to find out more about chords and how to play them in your pieces.
What is a chord?
Rests are 'signs of silence' and are as important as our notes. Nearly all notes have a rest and in this section you will find out how to recognize them and how to use them in your pieces.
What is a rest?
The word 'dynamics' basically means your 'volume control' in music.
Adding dynamics to your playing, creates atmosphere, character and feeling.
Dynamics are mostly written in Italian and in this section you will learn their meaning and how to play them.
In this section you will learn how to change hand position which will give you more notes available to play.
In this section you will learn how to extend notes using dots and ties.
Find out about 'dotted notes' - what they do and how to play them!
A Tie is a line that joins two or more notes of the same pitch. Find out more about ties in this section - how to recognize them and how to play them.
See what you can remember about dots and ties!
Hello and thank you for taking a look at this course.
My name's Jacqui, and I've been teaching the piano and music for over 30 years, and still loving it!
My aim is to give access to music to everyone, no matter what their ability, lifestyle, age or aims.
I hold a Certificate of Teaching for The Royal Schools of Music, The Royal Academy of Music, London.
I have taught both privately, from my studio in Southern England, and also in many schools and colleges. I have had the pleasure of teaching students from the age of 3 to 96!
I have two published music education books, and have had articles printed in music teacher publications.
Teaching music is the best profession in the world and I love to share this with as many people as I can!